Ogwumike, Griner, Stewart headline WNBA All-Star reserves

The Storm’s Breanna Stewart left is “a real intstinct player,” said coach Jenny Boucek

The Storm’s Breanna Stewart left is “a real intstinct player,” said coach Jenny Boucek

There's no doubt who the fans will be pulling for in the contest involving Bird, a 10-time All-Star playing in front of her home crowd.

Stewart, the league's rookie of the year for the Storm last season, is one of six reserves named as an all-star for the first time.

She's joined on the West team by Los Angeles' Nneka Ogwumike and Chelsea Gray, Dallas' Skylar Diggins-Smith, Minnesota's Seimone Augustus and Phoenix's Brittney Griner.

Center Stefanie Dolson and guard Allie Quigley were both selected to the East team.

The East Conference All-Star reserves also include Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun and Elizabeth Williams of the Atlanta Dream in the frontcourt, along with guard Layshia Clarendon of the Dream. WNBA president Lisa Borders will select their replacements later this week.

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With starters Tiffany Hayes of the Dream, Jonquel Jones and Jasmine Thomas of the Sun all first-time All-Stars, the East has seven first-timers.

Dupree and starter Tina Charles are the only two players on the East team who have been selected more than twice since Elena Delle Donne is out with an injury She too will be replaced by Borders on Wednesday.

A 2014 graduate, Gray leads the WNBA with a 50.9 three-point shooting percentage, converting 29-of-57 attempts on the season to date.

Of the 2017 selections, Duke and CT (6) are the only schools to feature three or more players.

Thomas is third in the league from behind the arc, hitting 45.8 percent.

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